Education and Libraries
Projects in the Education and Libraries Community Service Program are designed to foster schools, as well as other educational institutions and opportunities. These projects promote libraries, literacy, and the love of a good book. Through these efforts, we encourage the growth of individuals and communities at home and around the world. We aim to help others, while we also continue to learn.
Here are some of the ways in which we promote education and libraries:
SHIELDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
At the start of each school year, we donate funds for all teachers in one grade level to purchase supplies to enhance their curriculum.
Members participate hands on in classrooms and with the HOST program. HOST (Help One Student to Succeed) is a one-on-one tutoring program designed to improve language skills among low achieving students. We also participate in Read Across America each March by reading to children in their classroom.
Z Club members read to students during NEA's Read Across America, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
We support the literature program with an annual gift of books.
MARGARET H. ROLLINS SCHOOL OF NURSING AT THE BEEBE MEDICAL CENTER
An annual $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a nursing student who has achieved academic excellence at completion of the fall semester during their first year.
CAPE HENLOPEN HIGH SCHOOL
An annual scholarship is awarded to a Cape Henlopen High School graduating senior for attendance at a college or vocational technical school. The scholarship recipient is chosen from applicants who are graduating seniors in good academic standing.
HOBY (HUGH O’BRIAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM)
HOBY is an international program founded by actor Hugh O’Brian (1925-2016) after a visit to Africa where he spent an inspiring nine days with humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Mr. O’Brian is largely remembered for his television role of Wyatt Earp.
HOBY sponsors 10,000 high school sophomores with annual three-day leadership seminars in all 50 states and 20 countries. Its mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. Its core values are volunteerism, integrity, excellence, and diversity.
Consistently, Delaware has had 100% participation with every public and private high school in all three counties. In our small state, this program is principally sponsored by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Each year Z Club sponsors one student's participation, and club members may volunteer during the three-day seminar.
LEWES PUBLIC LIBRARY
Z Club makes financial donations to the Lewes Public Library and to the Friends of Lewes Public Library.
LEWES HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Z Club makes an annual financial donation to the Lewes Historical Society